The 2019 All-Star game is just a little more than a week away and Cleveland will host a few familiar faces. James McCann, Jose Abreu, and newly founded ace, Lucas Giolito, will be representing our White Sox and the American League. This is the most all-star representatives the Sox have had since 2014 where coincidently, was Abreu’s first all-star game nod. This will be Jose’s third appearance, and McCann and Giolito will both be receiving their first go around at the all-star weekend.
You could have called it a lock for McCann and Giolito to be voted in, but Abreu on the other hand was a surprise to many. By no means is Jose having a down year, rather his name was barely mentioned among all-star first-basemen. Initially, Abreu missed the cut in the flawed fan voting, where he would be beaten out by starter Carlos Santana, Luke Voit, and C.J. Cron. Not being mentioned in those top three names made people forget about the South Side veteran. Santana, who is making his first all-star appearance, certainly does deserve to start but the player voting between the two was much closer than you would think with Santana winning it 236-196.
As for McCann and Giolito, they were in the conversation of a possible starting job. James who came in the White Sox organization this year as the back up behind Welington Castillo, found himself finishing in second place of the fan voting behind Gary Sanchez. James could have and should be starting this year over Sanchez if it wasn’t for the crazy Yankee fans in the yet again mentioned fan voting. However, with the American League only carrying two catchers in this years game, McCann will be behind the plate for the plenty innings of the game.
One question Sox fans have been asking is: Could White Sox fans get to experience Lucas to James during the all-star game? This could be very well possible if Justin Verlander does get the nod to be the AL starting pitcher. Lucas does deserve some discussion for starting pitcher after his spectacular first half and league leading 11 wins. Giolito has come a long way from last season after leading the league in ERA to having a sub three ERA in less than a year is special. His dominance has not gone unmentioned either, Lucas has picked up player of the week and month honors earlier in the season on his way to receiving his all-star bid.
All-Star Game Snub?
A name that didn’t get as enough hype that should have is another White Sox in Yoan Moncada. Moncada is putting together an exceptional year with a line of .304/.357/.528 and on pace to hit 25+ home runs. And if that isn’t impressive enough, he ranks among the top third-basemen in most major categories.
Yoan Moncada AL RANKS among 3rd basemen:
AVG. (.304) – 2ND
Hits (87) – 2ND
RBI (44) – T-3rd
OPS (.885) – 4th
HR (14) – 5th#WhiteSox
— Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) June 30, 2019
This tweet via Ryan McGuffey, shows Moncada was deserving of a selection.
Nonetheless, having three representatives in the all-star game is a great feat for the south siders. Special things are starting to happen in Chicago and it will only get more fun from here.
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